Books, Marriage, Marriage Equality

Committed: A Love Story

Committed: A Love StoryCommitted: A Love Story by Elizabeth Gilbert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

(By the author of Eat, Pray, Love–which I also liked.)
I enjoyed this book very much. The sociological and historical aspects of marriage weren’t surprising to me, but Gilbert arranged them in an engaging way, interspersing her personal story effectively.
In fact, I liked it better than Eat, Pray, Love, and I think it might be exactly because her personal story takes up less space. It’s having a conversation with an idea (Marriage), and although there is certainly emotional content, that’s only one part of the book. E,P,L was a little exhausting. You would think Gilbert had the only marital break-up ever in the history of the world. The sort-of sequel has much more perspective.
Favorite moments: the dinner with Keo and his bride; the story of Felipe’s arrest in the airport; the attitude of Gilbert’s young niece about the need to have a flower girl in order to make it a real wedding; the dog curled up between their feet when they finally took official, legal vows.
The book is, like marriage, mostly about heterosexual people, but Gilbert makes it clear that she thinks anyone should be able to get married, and that in fact the law has always had to catch up with what people are already doing. That’s encouraging.

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